Will Picard founded the YPP in 2010. Will's fascination with Yemen began upon visiting the country for the first time in 1999. Will is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, having studied the history, politics, and cultures of Southwest Asia. Will has conducted extensive research on Yemen's 20th- and 21st-century conflicts, and on the rise of anti-state social movements.
Will has written about the war in Yemen for Just Security, and has appeared on and been quoted by major international outlets including NBC, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, VICE News, Middle East Eye, RT America, and Al Jazeera. Will is currently co-authoring an academic paper on the social and political impact of Yemen’s 2011 peaceful revolution with YPP board member and assistant professor of sociology Dana M. Moss.
Will can be reached at picard[at]yemenpeaceproject[dot]org.
Director of Policy & Advocacy
Eric received a B.A. in International Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to completing his master's studies, he worked as an advocacy associate at Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, where he conducted reporting on gross human rights violations in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Eric is committed to pushing back against the US government's reflexive support for autocrats in the MENA region, and to promoting nonviolent social movements striving for political, social, and economic reforms.
Eric directs YPP's policy and advocacy program to ensure US foreign policy in Yemen complies with international law and reflects the needs and interests of Yemenis and Yemeni Americans. He can be reached at eric[at]yemenpeaceproject[dot]org.
Research & Policy Intern
Congressional Advocacy Intern
BOARd of Directors
B. DONOVAN PICARD
Mohammed Al Samawi
Amat Al Alim Alsoswa